admin October 3rd, 2012
Welcome to Carla Crim’s Fantastic Sewn Hats Blog Tour! When I was asked if I wanted to participate in Carla’s great adventure, I said sure….that’d be fun….then promptly included Linda, my wife, because she is the inventive one when it comes to clothing items. She had a great idea and we did a team project where she made four hats and I made one….She’s Uber-Productive…..have I mentioned that before?
Linda shares a little about her inspiration for the project here:
When the kids were little I owned and ran a vintage clothing/antique store. One of my many finds was a Chinese traditional silk cap. It was made out of black satin and had collapsible sides so when folded in it became this neat flat triangle. I loved how it did that. The shape was so compact. It had no wasted space or construction. I went on to reproduce it in miniature for a frog prince doll (geez, how was I to know that that year there were maybe 4 other frog prince dolls?) that Scott and I created for the “Treasure of the Gypsy” challenge that we participated in 2009. Increasing the pattern was a breeze. The fabrics I used came from fabric packs that Scott contributed (you think you have a lot of fabric, HA!) The best part was playing with the brims. My favorite one is the Jughead (I am really dating myself here I am afraid) hat. To me, it looks like a mix between a fools hat and an old fashioned comic book hat. As you can see, I could not just make one hat but had to make 4. My daughter Mimi, snatched the flowered brim one the minute I unpacked the box when they recently came home. Ahh, that girl does love to dress up—even at 15.
For my “guy” version of her hat, I elongated Linda’s original and made it more like a toque. I think it is pretty cool. I am not sure how many guys would wear it, but I will. We thought it would be fun for the snow and skate boarding type dudes.
Mimi, me, and Linda being silly with our hats…...that’s just how we roll around here.
We had fun doing the project, and when we got the book we were just delighted with all of the great hats by a so many great designers. I know a lot of them personally from my many trips to Quilt Market so it was great fun to see what they came up with. So many you have already met a lot of them already on this tour if you have been following the Tour Line-up. If you have just found out about it here, do check out the past peeps to see what they have created!
Linda was also tickled with this nicely composed picture of HER hats on the introduction pages.
And the best thing of all, you can win your very own copy from Wiley! All you need to do is leave a comment here. Tell Linda and I anything you want, your favorite type of hat, your favorite places to wear a hat, something about something you saw here on the Blue Nickel site or on Linda’s site, Miss Mabel Studio. We will pick a winner on Sunday October 7th. It’s our anniversary that day, you know…..an incredible 23 years!!
Here’s the rest of the list of chances to win a copy….some of the earlier ones have closed their drawings, but you still have chances with the later ones…...
9/4 – Scientific Seamstress
9/5 – ModKid Boutique
9/6 – French General
9/10 – Pink Chalk Studio
9/11 - Lulu Bliss
9/13 – Green Bee Patterns
9/14 – Goosie Girl Boutique
9/17 – Melissa Lilac Lane
9/19 – One Girl Circus
9/20 – Tie Dyed Diva Designs
9/21 – Figgys Patterns
9/25 – Craftiness is not Optional
9/28 – SisBoom
10/1 – Sew Mama Sew
10/2 – Aesthetic Nest
10/3 – Blue Nickel Studios
10/4 – Betz White
10/8 – Yummy Goods
10/10- Wiley Craft
Don’t forget to comment to win!